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US seafood import volumes climb 5%

All of the major categories saw an increase in volume and value.

The United States continued to see growth in seafood imports through March, with a strong increase in volume and value compared to March of last year, according to new statistics released by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

The United States imported 700,663 metric tons of seafood in March worth $5.3 billion (€4.4 billion), a 5 percent and 9 percent increase in volume and value, respectively, compared to March 2017.

The largest product category was shrimp, accounting for 22 percent of imports in March. The United States imported 155,445 metric tons worth $1.5 billion (€1.25 billion), a 16 percent and 15 percent increase in volume and value, respectively, compared to March 2017.

Tuna imports amounted to 76,884 metric tons worth $774.2 million (€646.5 million), a 7 percent increase in volume and a 23 percent increase in value from March of last year.

Salmon imports reached 102,775 metric tons worth $1 billion (€840 million), a jump of 15 percent in volume and 7 percent in value compared to March of last year.

Meanwhile groundfish imports came in at 51,874 metric tons through March at $277.6 million (€231.8 million), an increase of 9 percent in volume and 22 percent in value compared to last year.

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